Host a Classic Christmas Party for Family & Friends

One of the most important parts of the holiday season is sharing your family traditions with your children. Pass on beautiful memories by hosting a classic Christmas party for friends and family with Hickory Farms and these tips.

Holiday Traditions

Although Christmas celebrations began around 336 A.D., the holiday really took off in the 1800s when it became a treasured family holiday. From these historic roots, classic pieces of the ancient celebration, such as Christmas greenery, Saint Nick, the tradition of gift giving, and mistletoe kissing, emerged. To keep your party grounded in tradition, be sure to incorporate a few of these classic elements.

Preparing Your Home

Christmas decor instantly makes your home warm and welcoming. Make sure that your friends and family really feel the holiday spirit by sprinkling your home with green and red accents. Try throwing a red gingham blanket over your sofa and draping your mantle in garland. For an extra yummy decorative option, thread strings with our Peanut Brittle Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle for your tree. Your guests will love plucking their dessert from the branches.

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Plan the Menu

Nothing really creates as many holiday memories as food. For a classic and elegant menu, start by preparing a Beef Tenderloin paired with a truffled wine sauce. This delicious combination of classic flavors is made extra special with the addition of cremini mushrooms, truffle oil, and a big splash of the Pinot Noir from our All The Cellar’s Best gift box.

Complete your meal with festive sides, such as a mixed green salad with our Mandarin oranges, cranberries, and slices of our Triple Crème Cheese. Cinnamon stewed apples made with our Fuji Apples, spices, and sugar is another great side dish that will add a nice sweetness to your savory meal.

Pay homage to classic holiday traditions with these guidelines for festive food and decor. For everything from your holiday hors d’oeuvres to your holiday gifts, Hickory Farms has the perfect gift basket for you.

Holiday Gift Guide for Employers

There’s a chill in the air and more than a few snowflakes in many parts of the country, which means it’s once again time to start buying holiday gifts. Hickory Farms makes it easier on busy execs this year with this holiday gift-giving guide for employers. Below are some suggestions for gifts for co-workers, staff and clients.

  • Hydros Water Bottle – This “green” gift is great for employees to use both at work and for their gym workouts. The top filter removes contaminants from tap water and can be reused and washed, so there’s no waste.
  • Hickory Farms offers a wide array of business gifts, so you can show clients that you appreciate their business. Hickory Fireside makes a perfect corporate gift and comes with a bottle of Lucinda & Millie Chardonnay, two kinds of summer sausage, three cheese varieties, and two flavorful mustards for some fireside snacking. Not sure of their tastes? Hickory Farms offers gift cards in $25, $50 and $100 increments.

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  • Movie passes or event tickets are great choices, especially if you know that certain staff members are film buffs, concert lovers, or appreciate a good professional sporting event. Make sure you gift them with two so they can bring their spouse or a friend.
  • A scented candle can be an inexpensive yet thoughtful holiday gift for a trusted co-worker.
  • If you’re planning the holiday party for your office, include a Hickory Holiday Celebration Gift Basket for the festivities. Packed with tasty treats and a bottle of both red and white wine, this gift basket is sure to be a holiday hit.

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When you think holidays, think Hickory Farms. We offer volume discounts for large orders, and our Business Gift Consultants are standing by to help you select the perfect gifts to make the best impression. We make shopping super easy with online ordering 24-hours a day, or you can call 800.753.8558 to place your order. Call today to ensure your gifts ship in time for the holidays

 

Great Seasonal Produce for Spring Recipes

Along with sunshine and flowers, springtime also brings delicious, fresh-from-the-garden produce. With their juicy, crispy texture, fresh fruits and veggies can help take your dishes to the next level. Celebrate the return of the growing season with Hickory Farms and these fantastic ideas for spring recipes.

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As one of the very first crops of the year, asparagus is your sign that spring has truly arrived. Cheer on this milestone with a simple dish that allows the subtle flavor of asparagus to shine through. Just bake a little prosciutto until it’s nice and crispy and sauté the asparagus in olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss the two together and serve with a crisp white wine, like the Bogle Sauvignon Blanc from our Vineyards and Orchards Gift Box.

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Whether you harvest your own wild onions or pick some up at the local farmers’ market, spring onions are an important part of seasonal cuisine. Transform yours into a creamy spring onion soup by cooking down your mixed onions with fennel, salt and pepper until tender. Then, mix in wine and cream before pureeing. You can add an extra depth of flavor by melting our Peppercorn White Cheddar over the top of this dish.

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Bright, tangy and perfectly sweet, fresh local strawberries are only around for a limited time. Start your meal off right by enjoying some spring berries with a sweet and savory salad. In a large bowl, simply toss together fresh spinach, sliced berries, a handful of our Mixed Nuts and some homemade poppy seed dressing.

 

Early and late spring brings the perfect weather for fresh greens. Savor this seasonal delicacy with a wholesome and satisfying meal that works well with any green. Simply combine the greens of your choice, such as mustard, chard, or collard, with white beans, fresh tomatoes and gnocchi. Add the finishing touch with a sprinkle of our Harvest Vegetable White Cheddar Blend.

Cooking with fresh spring produce is the perfect way to brighten up your dinner table. Finish your delicious seasonal dishes with a few extra texture and flavor components such as fresh ground pepper, such as fresh ground pepper, for a true seasonal delicacy.